Suffering a serious injury on the job is an exceptionally difficult experience, but when the injury leads to amputation, the permanency and emotional component of the accident makes matters that much more so. Amputations are often caused by the crushing impact of accidents involving heavy machinery, equipment, or materials, such as on construction sites and in industrial settings. If you’ve suffered an accident on the job that results in amputation, it’s time to consult with an experienced Illinois workers’ compensation attorney


Amputations: Common Causes

While amputations can have any number of causes, some of the most common causes on the job include:

  • Caught in or Caught in Between – The crushing force of being pinned in between two unyielding forces, such as between a piece of machinery and a wall, can lead to life-threatening injuries, including those that require amputation.
  • Inadequate Training and/or Supervision – Heavy-duty machinery and equipment are dangerous to operate, and without the careful instructions and supervision necessary to operate this equipment as safely as possible, it is more so. Inadequate training and/or supervision can contribute to or directly cause injuries that lead to amputation. 
  • Falling Debris – The work done on construction sites and in industries creates considerable debris, and falling debris is especially dangerous and closely associated with very serious accidents, such as those that lead to amputation. 
  • Explosions – Because construction and industrial work often involve highly flammable materials, explosions are a real threat, and they can result in amputations. 
  • Improper or Absent Guards – One of the most common causes of amputations is heavy-duty machinery that lacks the necessary safety guards, is missing safety guards altogether, and/or has defective guards that leave employees vulnerable.

Seeking Just Compensation

The damages you suffer as a result of an accident that leads to amputation are obviously very serious and should be thoroughly addressed in your workers’ compensation claim. The compensation you can seek includes:

  • Medical Expenses – Your medical costs are likely to begin with emergency treatment at the scene and to flow forward into surgery, hospital stays, treatment from doctors and surgeons, pain management, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and well beyond. 
  • Lost Earnings – An amputation is often considered a partial permanent injury, and the corresponding lost earnings are tabulated according to an exacting calculation process. 

Healing from an amputation is an arduous journey that necessitates obtaining the compensation to which you are entitled, and a dedicated workers’ compensation attorney can help pave the surest path forward.

An Experienced Joliet Workers’ Compensation Attorney Can Help You Reach Your Fullest Recovery

Danielle Pinkston at Pinkston Law Group, P.C., in Joliet, Illinois, is a trusted workers’ compensation attorney who takes great pride in helping clients like you fully recover for their work-related losses. Your claim is important to us, and Ms. Pinkston has the experience, drive, and legal insight to help, so please do not wait to contact us today to learn more about what we can do for you in your unique situation. 



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